Oakland A’s podcast with Barbara Mason: A’s open three game series with Angels tonight; Final homestand for Oakland

The Oakland A’s Nick Allen rounds the bases after belting a two run home run in the top of the sixth inning against Mariners pitcher Robbie Ray at T Mobile Park in Seattle against the Seattle Mariners on Sun Oct 2, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the Oakland A’s podcast with Barbara:

#1 Barbara, Seattle Mariners pitcher Robbie Ray got lit up by Oakland A’s hitting on Sunday giving up three home runs Shea Langeliers, Cristian Pache and Nick Allen as the A’s pelt the Mariners 10-4 to end the Mariners home season and the A’s avoided a sweep.

#2 The A’s took a seven game losing streak into Sunday’s game against the Mariners and just for the sake of ending the road trip wanted to get this one in the win column and did in a big way.

#3 Mariners manager Scott Servais said that the team had a lot of emotion during this homestand and making it to the post season for the last five games and said that the loss took a little bit of the wind out of their sails.

#4 A’s starter James Kaprielian pitched a no hitter against the M’s for 5.2 innings but gave up a hit to Ty France in the bottom of the sixth inning. Karprielian ended up striking out seven batters and defeated the M’s for the third time this season.

#5 The Los Angeles Angels open up a three game series at the Oakland Coliseum against the A’s on Monday night. Starting pitcher for the Angels Patrick Sandoval (6-9, 3.03) and pitching for the A’s Adrian Martinez (4-6, 6.08) a 6:45 pm PDT first pitch.

Barbara Mason did the Oakland A’s podcasts Mondays during the 2022 season at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Mariners Take Game Two Dominating Oakland 5-1

Starter Adam Oller is surrounded by Oakland A’s teammates after giving up a top of the first inning run to the Seattle Mariners at T Mobile Park in Seattle on Sat Oct 1, 2022 (AP News photo)

Mariners Take Game Two Dominating Oakland 5-1

By Barbara Mason

Saturday afternoon the Oakland A’s (56-102) played the playoff bound Seattle Mariners (87-70) in the second game of their three game series. Friday night with the win the Mariners clinched the sixth playoff spot.

Friday’s game remained tied until the bottom of the ninth when the Mariners celebrated a walk-off win. The A’s remained in this game until the very end but came up short. Game Two did not get any better for the Green and Gold. The A’s dropped another one to the Mariners losing 5-1.

Saturday game recap: The A’s got up on the scoreboard early in the game. Jordan Diaz singled and Tony Kemp scored on an error for a 1-0 lead. That would be all that Oakland could manage in this game. They only had two hits in the game all in the first inning.

The rest of this game was all Mariners. Carlos Santana hit a single driving in Dylan Moore in the first inning to tie up the game 1-1. Sam Haggerty singled driving in two runs; Santana and Luis Torrens both scored to give Seattle a 3-1 lead.

Six scoreless innings followed for both teams. In the eighth inning the Mariners would pad their lead. Torrens doubled and Jesse Winker scored. Haggerty was next up at the plate and hit a sacrifice fly and Santana scored giving the Mariners the win 5-1.

The A’s have now lost six games in a row and will finish the series tomorrow afternoon with first pitch at 1:10 PM PT. James Kaprielian (4-9, 4.43) will take the mound for Oakland and for Seattle Robbie Ray (12-11, 3.58) will get the nod. It has been a long and trying season for the A’s.

The season ended very early for Oakland this year, in fact it was probably June that it all came unraveled and spiraled out of control. The A’s just have four more games before they can escape into the off-season and re-group for 2023.

Mariners Clinch Playoff Spot In Walk-Off Win Over Oakland 2-1

Seattle Mariners Ty France swings for a first inning double off Oakland A’s pitcher Ken Waldichuk at T Mobile Field in downtown Seattle on Fri Sep 30, 2022 (AP News photo)

Mariners Clinch Playoff Spot In Walk-Off Win Over Oakland 2-1

By Barbara Mason

Friday night the Oakland A’s (56-100) took on the Seattle Mariners (85-70) in the first game of their three game series. The Mariners won it tonight to clinch a playoff spot so Seattle is in the post season with a 2-1 win over Oakland. They needed to win one of their final six games to play in the post season.

Friday game recap: Ty France doubled in the first inning driving in Dylan Moore giving Seattle the early 1-0 lead. The A’s Shea Langliers hit a solo homer in the second inning to tie up the game. That tie would stand going into the ninth inning.

This game ended in dramatic fashion with a walk off win for the Mariners giving them their sixth playoff spot. For the first time in 20 years the Mariners were headed to the postseason. With two outs, and a full count Cal Raleigh homered to right and that was the ball game 2-1. T-Mobile park was packed and 44,754 fans got to celebrate this incredible moment that was a long time coming.

Oakland pitcher Ken Waldichuk had a terrific game. He went five innings allowing three hits, one run and had eight strikeouts. Austin Pruitt took over in the sixth inning allowing no hits and no runs. A.J. Puk pitched the seventh inning. Domingo Acevedo was the closer in that ill-fated ninth inning.

The Mariners Logan Gilbert went eight innings for the first time in his career. He allowed three hits and one run with four strikeouts. There was some terrific pitching from both clubs.

The A’s will send JP Sears to the mound in the second game of this series. His ERA is 4.22 and his win/loss record is 6-3. Seattle will send Luis Castillo. He has a 3.06 ERA and a 7-6 win/loss record. First pitch will be at 1:10 PM PT.

Oakland A’s podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: Ohtani just flat out had the A’s off balance Tuesday; A’s and Angels close out series in the Big A tonight

The Los Angeles Angels Shohei Ohtani rubs up the baseball during the top of the eighth inning to face the Oakland A’s at the Big A in Anaheim on Thu Sep 29, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the A’s podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 Was the Los Angeles Angels Shohei Ohtani just on or were the A’s hitters just off on Thursday.

#2 Talk about how Ohtani’s pitches were just working against the A’s line up who by the way have been struggling.

#3 Ohtani picked up his 15th win of this season and has been lights out on both sides of the baseball with his pitching and hitting will he win the MVP again this season or will New York Yankees Aaron Judge who just tied Roger Maris for the AL all time home run leader get the MVP?

#4 After retiring 22 straight batters Ohtani in the eighth faced the A’s Conner Capel who broke up the no hitter with a hit that deflected off Angels shortstop Livan Soto’s glove and into leftfield in the top of the eighth.

#5 Tonight the A’s will head up to Seattle to take on the Mariners. Ken Waldichuk (1-2, 7.15) will take the mound for Oakland. Seattle will start Logan Gilbert (13-6, 3.29). First pitch will be at 6:40 PM PT.

Jeremiah did the A’s podcasts Thursdays for the 2022 season and will return next Thursday for the Sacramento Kings podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Angels Sweep Oakland Winning 4-2 A’s 100th loss of the season

Los Angeles Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani delivers to the Oakland A’s lineup at the Big A in Anheim in the first inning on Thu Sep 29, 2022 (AP News photo)

Angels Sweep Oakland Winning 4-2 A’s 100th loss of the season

By Barbara Mason

Thursday night the Oakland A’s (56-100) faced Shohei Ohtani and the Los Angeles Angels (70-86) in game three of their series. The A’s were trying to avoid a sweep but with Ohtani on the mound for the Halo’s it would turn out to be a tall order.

Los Angeles got on the scoreboard early in this game. Luis Rengifo homered and Ohtani singled driving in Mike Trout for a 2-0 lead.

In the third inning, Taylor Ward homered extending the Angels lead 3-0. The Halo’s knocked a third home run out of the park in the sixth inning off the bat of Max Stassi now leading 4-0. Los Angeles had 12 hits through six innings and the A’s were still looking for their first hit in this game. They were not even close to figuring Ohtani out who already had eight strikeouts.

Ohtani was looking for his 15th win of the year which looked more and more likely as this game wore on. Going into the seventh inning his pitch count was at 72 and still no hits for Oakland.

In the eighth inning the A’s Connor Capel got the A’s their first hit of the game. Next up at the plate was Dermis Garcia who got a second hit for Oakland. The A’s had put an end to Ohtani’s bid for a no-hitter.

The A’s loaded the bases in the ninth inning and Nick Allen scored off a Seth Brown ground out to second. Jonah Bride scored on a wild pitch but it was too little too late. The final was 4-2 and unfortunately this was loss number 100 for the A’s. They were swept but avoided getting shutout. This was the second time in A’s history that they lost 100 games in a season.

It was a tough start for Oakland’s Cole Irvin. He went four innings and allowed nine hits, three runs with six strikeouts. Collin Wiles relieved him in the fifth inning. He got the job done allowing only one hit and no runs. Norge Ruiz relieved in the sixth and seventh innings allowing three hits and one run. Sam Selman would close for Oakland.

The A’s will finish the season against the Angels after their series with the Mariners. Those final three games will be played at the Coliseum. Will we see Shohei Ohtani in that series? We will have to wait on that one.

Friday night the A’s will head up to Seattle to take on the Mariners. Ken Waldichuk (1-2, 7.15) will take the mound for Oakland. Seattle will start Logan Gilbert (13-6, 3.29). First pitch will be at 6:40 PM PT.

Oakland A’s podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: A’s just miss sweeping M’s; Kemp has been doing a lot of different things to help A’s

Oakland A’s runner Tony Kemp (5) steals second base underneath Houston Astros shortstop David Hensley (17) during Sat Sep 17, 2022 game at Minute Maid Field in Houston. Kemp who won the Roberto Clemente Award on Tue Sep 20, 2022 and got the game winning hits on Tuesday and Wed Sep 21, 2022 against the Seattle Mariners (AP News photo)

On the A’s podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 Jeremiah, the A’s narrowly missed getting a sweep over the Seattle Mariners at the Coliseum on Thursday afternoon but saw their 5-3 go down and lost the contest 9-5.

#2 In the series the A’s got some good pitching on Tuesday night JP Sears pitched a one hitter to down the M’s 4-1 and on Wednesday night the A’s James Kaprielian pitched past the sixth inning for the first time in 34 starts for the win 2-1.

#3 Tony Kemp in each of the first two games of the series got game winning hits a home run on Tuesday night and a game winning RBI single on Wednesday night. Kemp was even named the Roberto Clemente Award winner this week.

#4 Kemp who played outfield in the first two games has had some handiwork when playing second base not committing an error in 57 consecutive games.

#5 The A’s host the New York Mets and former teammate Chris Bassitt (14-8, 3.32). Going for Oakland Cole Irvin (9-11, 3.79) a 6:40 pm first pitch at the Oakland Coliseum.

Join Jeremiah for the A’s podcasts Fridays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Mariners beat A’s 9-5 to win finale of three-game series; Met’s and Chris Bassitt face A’s Friday night at Coliseum

Chris Bassitt pitcher of the New York Mets faces his old teammates the Oakland A’s Fri Sep 23, 2022 at the Oakland Coliseum for game one of a three game series. Here Bassitt pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sat Sep 17, 2022 at Citi Field in New York. (AP file photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Seattle Mariners salvaged the third game of the three-game series Thursday afternoon at the Oakland Coliseum. The Oakland A’s pitching had kept the M’s offense in check on Tuesday and Wednesday. The M’s knew they needed to win. They jumped out to an early 3-0 lead.

The A’s plated five runs in the third to go ahead 5-3. The M’s refused to wilt. The M’s scored one in the fourth, three in the sixth, one in the seventh, and one in the eighth to win the game 9-5. Neither starter figured in the decision. The difference was the bullpen. The A’s bullpen gave up four runs, and the M’s bullpen stopped the A’s cold.

The Mariners, down in the dumps after losing the first two games of the three-game series, put together four hits, including two doubles and two walks, to grab an early 3-0 lead in the first inning.

The M’s Rookie of the Year candidate, Julio Rodriguez, doubled to get things going for Seattle. Mitch Haniger singled to drive in Rodriguez with the M’s first run. Martinez struck out Carlos Santana for the first out. Ty France singled, sending Haniger to second.

M’s catcher Cal Raleigh doubled to drive in Haniger, and Ty France stopped at third. Martinez walked Travis Kelenic to load the bases. France scored the M’s third run when Martinez walked Jessie Winker. The inning ended when Dylan Moore hit into a 5-4-3 double play. The M’s lead 3-0 midway through the first.

The A’s sent 11 men to the plate in the bottom of the third. They put together a rally that featured five runs, five hits, and three walks. Vimael Machin started the rally with a double. Sean Murphy singled, sending Machin to third.

Mariners’ starter, George Kirby, walked Seth Brown to load the bases. Stephen Vogt’s line drive went into the corner in right-field that cleared the bases. Kirby retired Jordan Diaz for the first out. Conner Capel walked.

Shea Langeliers followed with a double to drive in Vogt. Capel stopped at third. Nick Allen walked to load the bases. Tony Kemp singled to drive in Capel with the fifth run of the innings. The A’s led 5-3 after three.

The Mariners put their fourth game run on the board at the top of the fourth. M’s centerfielder, Jarred Kelenic, led off the inning with his fifth home run to make it a 5-4 game. 

In the top of the sixth, Seattle scored three times to retake the lead 7-5. Ty France started the rally with a triple. A’s manager Mark Kotsay replaced Martinez with lefty Kirby Snead. Jarred Kelenic doubled to drive in France with the tying run.

Kelenic went to third on a wild pitch. With two out, the A’s gave Dylan Moore an intentional walk. The strategy backfired as the left-handed hitting Dylan Moore doubled to drive in two runs to put the Mariners ahead 7-5. 

The M’s added another run in the seventh. Mitch Haniger singled and went to second on a wild pitch. Carlos Santana grounded out 4-2, and Haniger went to third on the play. Ty France plated Haniger with a sacrifice fly to left to increase the M’s lead to 8-5.

The M’s scored an unearned run in the eighth. With two out, Dylan Moore singled. Moore went to third on Shea Langaliers’ throwing error. Adam Frazier singled to drive in Moore. The M’s lead 9-5.

The A’s failed to score in the eighth and ninth. The M’s win 9-5.

Game Notes: With the loss, the A’s are now 55-95. Oakland has 12 games left to play. The M’s improved to 82-67.

The line score for Oakland was five runs, nine hits, and one error. Seattle’s line was nine runs, eleven hits, and no errors.

Mariners’ manager Scott Servais had to be pleased with the M’s bullpen. The M’s relievers kept the A’s off the scoreboard for the last six innings of the game.

A’s starter Adrian Martinez went five-plus innings. His line was five runs, six hits, two walks, and seven strikeouts. Martinez gave up the home run to Jarred Kelenic in the fourth.

The M’s Julio Rodriguez left the game in the bottom of the first with lower back tightness.

A’s veteran catcher Stephen Vogt announced his retirement at the end of the season.

The A’s will host the New York Mets for three games starting Friday night. Former A’s starter, Chris Bassitt, will be on the mound for New York. Bassitt is having a good year with a record of 14-8 and an ERA of 3.32. Bassitt would love nothing better than beating his old mates. The A’s will counter with lefty Cole Irvin. Irvin is 9-11 and has an ERA of 3.79. The game will start at 6:40 pm. 

Oakland A’s podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: M’s and A’s conclude four game series at Coliseum today

Oakland A’s starter Adrian Martinez gets the start Thu Sep 22, 2022 against the Seattle Mariners at the Oakland Coliseum he’ll face the Mariners George Kirby (Mercury News file photo)

On the A’s podcast with Jerry F:

#1 Jerry if you like watching rookies making first appearances this is your season as Conner Capel made the 33rd rookie appearance for the A’s. The previous record for rookie appearances in a season was 21.

#2 Also 18 of the rookies who made appearances were making their MLB debut that previous record was 15. The most rookie debut appearances since the 1943 Philadelphia A’s with 22.

#3 The A’s leftfielder Tony Kemp has been key defensively and at the plate on Tuesday night he belted a three run homer and on Wednesday night got the go ahead hit that put the A’s past the Seattle Mariners.

#4 Kemp has also played in 57 errorless games as a second baseman which is the most in Kemp’s career.

#5 Jerry, talk about the starters for today’s conclusion of the four game series between the Mariners and A’s at the Coliseum. The M’s are going with George Kirby (7-4, 2.98) and starting Adrian Martinez (4-5, 5.77) a 12:37pm PDT

Join Jerry for all A’s podcasts Thursdays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Kemp comes through again with 7th inning hit to score run that stands up in A’s win over M’s 2-1 at Coliseum

James Kaprielian deals as the Oakland A’s starter allowing two hits in seven innings against the Seattle Mariners at the Oakland Coliseum on Wed Sep 21, 2022 (@Athletics photo)

Seattle (81-67). 1. 4. 1

Oakland (55-94). 2. 6. 0

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

By Lewis Rubman

OAKLAND–At game time, your (for the time being) Oakland Athletics had played 148 games this season. They needed to win nine of the 14 remaining contests to avoid losing 100 for the year. There is just a hint of a glimmer of hope that they might achieve this.

They’d gone 5-12 in September in spite of their wonderful victory over the apparently playoff bound Seattle Mariners last night.

The A’s managed to increase their slim chances of avoiding the infamy of triple digit loss column when they won a thriller, 2-1.

They sent right hander James Kaprielian to the mound with a record of 3-9, 4.70. Hidden in those doleful digits is his disappointing, to say the least, numbers for his last six starts, 0-4, 5.76 and an opponents’ batting average of .283, higher than the BA of any of the Athletics’ hitters with more than a handful of at bats.

After throwing the first pitch of the night at 6:42, Kaprielian showed that the past isn’t always a reliable indicator of future performance. After yielding a two out single to Haniger in the first and a base on balls to Cal Raleigh in the second, Oakland’s starter didn’t allow a Mariner to reach base safely until there were two away in the top of the sixth when Julio Rodríguez touched him for a clean single to center.

Kaprielian ended up hurling seven frames of two hit ball, striking out six and walking one. 62 of his 93 pitches were considered strikes. He earned the win and improved his numbers to 4-9, 4.43.

Toeing the rubber for the M’s was veteran southpaw Robbie Ray. The 30 year old portsilder came to work at 12-10, 3.72, which is consistent with his lifetime mark of 74-68, 3.96. Against the A’s, he was 1-1, 2.41 for ’22 and 2-1, 2.30 for his career.

Although Ray experienced some trouble with his control in the opening frame, he stymied the A’s offense for xx innings, allowing only three hits and an equal number of walks before being relieved by Erik Swanson . Ray threw 101 pitches, 63 of them qualifying as strikes. The game was a scoreless tie when he exited, so the M’s starter’s won-lost record remained 12-10, but his ERA dropped to. 3.60.

The two teams traded goose eggs for six and a half episodes. In the bottom of the seventh, Erik Swanson took over on the mound for the M’s and walked leadoff hitter Jordán Díaz. Vimael Machín pinch hit for Sheldon Neuse and whalloped a double to left that sent Díaz to third.

When the ball got away from Winker, Díaz scored on the error. Cristián Pache then singled to right, sending Machín to third and Swanson to the showers. His replacement, Andrés Múñoz fanned Allen but surrendered an RBI single to Kemp before retiring the side with the A’s ahead 2-0.

AJ Puk pitched the top of the eighth in relief of Kaprielian. Kemp, who had moved from left field to second base, made a tremendous catch in shallow right to capture pinch hitter Sam Haggerty pop fly for the second out of the inning, but Chad Pinder’s leap at the right field fence wasn’t enough to prevent Luis Torres’s pinch hit homer from going into the stands and close the gap between the teams to 2-1.

Diego Castillo put Oakland down to a conga beat in the eighth, and Domingo Acevedo came on for the A’s in the ninth to try to nail down what had become a reprise of last night’s cliff hanger.

Julio Rodríguez led off with a bouncer to the mound that got past Acevedo and died before Kemp could field it. That infield single was wiped out by the tailor made 6-4-3 double play that Acevedo induced from Ty France.

The count on Mitch Haniger went to 3–2 before Acevedo struck him out to give the Athletics their second straight win and keep alive their hopes for 99 or less loss season.

Swanson was charged with the loss, making his balance sheet for the season 2-1, 1.49. Acevedo earned his fourth save in seven opportunities and lowered his earned run average to 3:34.

Tomorrow afternoon at 12:37 the Mexicalense Adrián Martínez (4-5, 5.77) will try to complete the trifecta. His opponent will be George Kirby (7-4, 2.98).

Kemp connects for three run HR gets A’s over the hump defeat M’s 4-1 at Coliseum

Oakland A’s Tony Kemp (5) gives first base coach Eric Martins (3) a fist bump. Kemp in the bottom of the fifth inning connected for a three run home run that helped Oakland take the lead for good at the Oakland Coliseum on Tue Sep 20, 2022 (@Athletics photo)

Seattle (81-66).      1.  1.  1

Oakland (54-94).   4. 7.  2

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

By Lewis Rubman

OAKLAND-Tonight’s game at the Coliseum was an important one . . .

for the visiting Seattle Mariners. They woke up this morning occupying the last American League wild card spot with a record of 81-65, a half a game behind the Tampa Bay Rays (none in the lost column) and five games ahead of the Baltimore Orioles.

Tampa Bay was shut out by Western Division champion Houston tonight, and the O’s fell to the Tigers, so, after the Mariners had fallen to the Athletics, 4-1 in an improbable joint one hitter, the visitors from the Puget Sound still  trailed the Rays by a half a game and led the Orioles by five.

Before the game, Oakland announced that the team had promoted Conner Capel from the AAA Aviators and optioned Cody Thomas to them. Both players are outfielders, and the A’s had claimed Capel off waivers from the Cardinals on September 9. He was in tonight’s starting lineup, batting seventh and playing in right field.

In onfield  pregame activity, veteran utility man Tony Kemp received the Roberto Clemente Award for being the big leaguer who “best exemplifies […] baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team.” 

JP Sears, Oakland’s starting pitcher tonight, looked good when he was with the Yankees and was impressive in his first three starts  for the A’s. The numbers tell a story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Sears was 3-0, 2.05 with the Bronx Bombers; he went into tonight’s game at 0-2, 5.13 for green and gold. In his last start, the southpaw gave up five runs, all of them earned, on seven hits, in four innings.

He threw 80 pitches in that no decision  against the Rangers in Arlington. He had trouble early in the game, due to a bad bounce and an error behind him, and gave up an unearned run in the second. That was the only run he allowed in his five inning stint on the mound. 

The single that resulted from that bad bounce was the only hit Sears allowed.  His pitch count was 86, of which 53 counted as strikes. He was tonight’s winning pitcher and now has a won-lost mark of 5-3 while his ERA fell to 3.58.

Seattle also sent a two-team hurler to the mound. Luis Castillo was 4-4, 2.86 with the Cincinnati Reds. Since coming to the Mariners, he was 3-1, 2.37 before tonight for an overall record of 7-5, 2.68. The 29 year old righty lasted 4- 2/3  innings tonight.

He started off strong but ran up against a wall with two away in the fifth. He allowed four runs on six hits, one of them for the distance, and two walks, striking out four. He threw 85 pitches, 33 of them in his unfinished fifth frame. He was charged with the loss and returned to his hotel with a record of 7-6, 2.85.

Seattle jumped ahead in the top of the second. Carlos Santana led off, sending a grounder to third that took a bad hop, causing Vimael Machín to back up and delay his throw to first, which arrived late and drew Dermís García off the bag.

The play was scored, correctly, as an infield hit. JP Crawford followed with a ground ball to second, tailor made for twin killing. But Jordán Díaz, who had been called up from Las Vegas and made his big league debut on Sunday, let it get past him for  an error that put runners on the corners with nobody out. Sears bore down and struck out Dylan Moore and Abraham Toro.

But he walked Curt Casali and Sam Hagerty to force in an unearned run before Julio Rodríguez sent Seth Brown to just in front of the warning track in center to haul down his fly ball for the third out. It was Sears’ 37th pitch of the inning and 51st of the game. (Díaz atoned for his error by making a lightning grab of Santana’s scorching line drive to end Seattle’s scoreless top of the third.

Castillo was impregnable for 4-2/3 innings until Clemente Award winning Kemp breached his defenses with a three run homer to left that brought in Díaz, who had reached base on a force out, and Nick Allen, the recipient of Castillo’s first base on balls.

Machín and Murphy followed that 371 foot blast with back to back doubles to left, and, just like that, Oakland was on top, 4-0. After walking Seth Brown, Castillo was taken out in favor of Matt Brash, who fanned Shea Langeliers, the only batter he faced,  to end the inning. It was Matt Festa who pitched the Oakland sixth and kept them off the board.

Sears was through after five innings. Joel Payamps retired the M’s in the sixth, allowing only one of them to reach base, and that on an error by Díaz, who made a brilliant play on a grounder by Haniger but drew García off first with his throw.  AJ Puk pitched a perfect  seventh.

Chris Flexen mounted the Mariners’ mound merry-go-round in the seventh, and Tyler Cyr replaced Puk in the top of the eighth. He had control problems, walking Jesse Winker, who pinch hit for Haggerty and Ty France on five. But, in between those free passes, the pitchers’ best friend came to his aid, he struck out Haniger to end his scoreless inning of work.

Domingo Acevedo set the Mariners down in order to gain his third save in six opportunities. Five, count ’em five, pitchers had combined to one hit the mighty M’s.

What new surprises are in store for us tomorrow, when at 6:40 the Athletics’ James Kaprielian (3-9, 4.70) will face off against the Mariners’ Robbie Ray (12-10, 3.72)?